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Nordenstern

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Emulations of Ensoniq synths
« on: July 06, 2021, 09:32:51 pm »
Hi

Cam Arturia make emulator of 1990-s Ensoniq synths  e.q TS-10(12),SD-1,VFX with all factory sounds? Roland & Korg made emulators of some their old synths,but Ensoniq & E-mu is defunct and nobody did emulators.

Arturia previously focused on emulation of analog synths,but recently a very good emulators of digital synths (DX7,Emu II,CMI,CZ,Synclavier) were released.May Ensoniq be  next?

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Re: Emulations of Ensoniq synths
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2021, 07:23:58 am »
Released in 1986, the Ensoniq ESQ-1 was one of the first affordably priced workstation-class keyboards on the market, combining an 8-voice, multitimbral digital/analog hybrid synthesizer and a featured 8-track sequencer. The ESQ-1's voice architecture allows customization of up to 3 digital oscillators, assignable to any one of 32 waveshapes, followed by a Curtis 4-pole 24dB/oct resonant low-pass analog filter and 15 routable modulation sources. The sound quality of the ESQ-1 is all-at-once digital, warm and unmistakably '80s - a true gem of the time whose sounds still ring with a brilliant depth and character.

terrablue

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Re: Emulations of Ensoniq synths
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2021, 12:27:42 pm »
There is a leaked video on Twitch. An Arturia SQ80V is shown there. Looks like a SQ80 emulation is coming next. But a TS emu would be cool.

ClydeLymanAgain

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Re: Emulations of Ensoniq synths
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2021, 06:17:40 pm »
The SQ80 was an upgrade of the ESQ-s and the last in the line, it was also a Transwave and a joy to play and synthesize with. The ace Ensoniq guy was Rainer Buchty. There were some things we did not know about this gem. There were a number of "hidden" waveforms that were used on 3rd party carts. I saw one using WAV 225. Buchty also said he found a fourth audio oscillator. I have the VST of the SQ80L and offered it to Arturia with Buchty's blessing and no objections from the maker. The Ensoniq synths were sample playback. Later ones were actuall layered "sounds" up to 6 deep. I have the KT Manual in PDF form and it is a friggin' BEAST!! You can get Ensoniq soundfonts (try Google). I wonder if the EmulatorV plays SF2 (soundfonts) and SFZ, The Plougue Sforzando and rgc players do and the Sforzando has standalone capability, just not much of a UI. There is also an Aria commercial player. Aria also offeres soundfont sets If you get SFZedit you can easily create SFZ files to play using your own WAV samples. It's any easy enough format since it is written in musical terms like attack decay, etc. You don't evne need an SFZ eidtor. ONce you know the layout and lingo of the SFZ file (not hard) you can write them as TXT then convert them to SFZ. The big differnece between SFZ and SF2 is that the SF2 file includes the sample set, Any number of SFZ files aka instruments can use the same sample set

You can make your own samples using Audacy or Waveosaur. use Bit Depth=16 and Sample Rat of 44k though some players will play MP3 format. Most of the Ensoniq line used digital oscillators and analog synth modules

I do wish the Emulatorv played more than 8 voices. I think the MiniV could go up to 32 notes poly I wonder what hidden functions Arturia will put under the hood of the SQ80
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Re: Emulations of Ensoniq synths
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2021, 11:11:03 pm »
... Ensoniq & E-mu is defunct and nobody did emulators. ....

Siegfried Kullmann wrote an SQ-80 emulator named SQ-8L, which ended up at version 0.91b. It is available for free from www.buchty.net. Testimonials and videos show SQ-8L to be pretty much a spot on emulation. Nowhere near as fancy as SQ-80 V, but it gives you SQ-80 sound when you can't afford or find one that works.

As for E-Mu, their Emulator X3 software sampler included all the technology they developed for their rack units, including the fantastic Z-Plane filters. Emulator X3 goes beyond that and allows the user to define custome Z-Plane filters, which none of the hardware can do. Emulator X3 is no longer available for sale, but it is available if one looks for it. Arr, me hearty. Avast ye. When E-mu still existed before being swallowed and erased by Creative, they put their Proteus 2000 emulation, Proteus VX, up for free download. Proteus VX is also still available for download, just not from anywhere related to Creative. Scuttle the swine, arr.

PS--I already have SQ-80 V installed and it is marvelous. Recommended.
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Re: Emulations of Ensoniq synths
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2021, 05:04:23 pm »
The SQ80 was an upgrade of the ESQ-s and the last in the line...

The Ensoniq VFX followed the ESQ-1 and SQ-80.

I do wish the Emulatorv played more than 8 voices. I think the MiniV could go up to 32 notes poly I wonder what hidden functions Arturia will put under the hood of the SQ80

You could try running multiple instances of SQ-80 V and mapping across the keyboard. The Novation V-Station is another plugin with an eight note limitation but uses an insignificant amount of CPU. One of my projects I am working on is writing a script in FL Studio to pass notes to several instances of the same plugin round robin so that together they act like a plugin with higher polyphony.

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Re: Emulations of Ensoniq synths
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2021, 04:29:15 am »
il hope someday FIZMO will be part of the V collection too...

 

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